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MSS 8

Title: J.W.G. MacEwan fonds

Dates: ca. 1930-1950

Extent: 12 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch: John Walter Grant MacEwan was born in 1902. His pioneer parents farmed north of Brandon, Manitoba and later at Melfort, Saskatchewan. He attended the Ontario Agricultural College, graduating in 1926. Later he did post-graduate work in agricultural science at Iowa State University. He received a B.S.A. from the University of Toronto, and a M.S. from Iowa State University.

For some years following, Grant MacEwan held senior positions with the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Manitoba. Before taking the post of dean of agriculture at Manitoba, he was professor of animal husbandry and farm superintendent at the Saskatchewan University.

After 23 years of University work, he resigned and moved to Calgary, mainly to write. However, he became involved in political life and served on the Calgary Council for 12 years, nine as an alderman and three years as mayor. From 1955 to 1959 he was a member of the provincial legislature and in the last part of that period was leader of the opposition.

Appointed Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, he took office on January 6, 1966 and retired on July 2, 1974. As an author, Dr. MacEwan was a regular contributor to various farm magazines and newspapers, and saw more than 20 books published.

Dr. MacEwan married Phyllis Cline in 1935. They had one daughter and two grandchildren. J.W. Grant MacEwan died on June 15, 2000 at Calgary, Alberta.

Scope and Content: The fonds consists of a manuscript titled "The Breeds of Farm Live Stock in Canada" written by J.W.G. MacEwan.

Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance of fonds.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Finding Aid: No finding aid is currently available.